Quick outing – Feb 19, 2015

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The ice had melted on most of our secondary road. You know, the one with the BIG hill. I gathered up my courage and drove into town. I went directly to the United Methodist church on Main street. It is one of the larger congregations here. They have been hosting/sheltering the homeless-heatless folks during this very cold spell. About a dozen men, women and families have taken advantage of this warm place with its food and cots.

Some had left for the day today but several were still trying to stay warm. DVDs were our entertainment. I helped one lady learn a little more about crocheting. I had taken my scarf-in-progress with me.

I came home again about 5pm. I would have stayed longer but I did not want to come up the BIG hill after dark. There were still ice patches here and there on it.

Today it is sleeting. The temp is 27 above. Tomorrow it is predicted to be 60 degrees. I will believe it when I see it.

More later.. Grand Maverick

Day Trip

Today was beautiful. The sun was shining with a few fluffy clouds. So the family and I went for a short trip northward in Wisconsin. We took two vehicles to Baraboo. So I was wondering on the way there.

Why name like that? Will there be any bears there. The answer turns out to be no.. No bears. Lovely town/city but no bears.

Perhaps, some of the people stroll around bare? Again, no. We did not see anyone without their clothes on. Since it was very warm (especially after that unseasonal cold spell), every one had nice summer type clothes on except me. I kept my short jacket on since we had the air conditioner on in the van. And as I expected the restraunt had theirs own as well.

It was very nice to see all my second sons family in one place at the same time. All ready some are moving away from home. There is so talk of two of the boys going to Germany. Even perhaps staying awhile for college.

MOre later. Grand Maverick aka GG Ma

Spring Returns

Spring returns just in time for the holiday. We plan on installing the drain to the fridge. That opens the way to put the micro up on the shelf above the fridge, The counter cook top in immediately over the fridge upon which are two electric cooking burners. These burns can be taken outside to a picnic table. This nice weather is made for a PICNIC. I can hardly wait.
Grand Maverick

Winter has returned

Two days ago I was working in the van and the weather was wonderful. It was sunny and 80 degrees. Oh, how things change.
Today it is cloudy and the low was 35 degrees with a high of not quite 50. It is said to last two days. So I am in the house checking my ancestors on the internet holding the dog on my lap.
Got to go now because she has got to go.
More later. Grand Maverick

Building Continues

Building continues. Yesterday my son cut pieces of wood for the lower level of the pantry. It measures 10″ wide, 24″ deep and 32″ high. It will be on wheels so it can pull out and become a counter-top on the left-hand side of the cook top. Below the cook top is the fridge; above the microwave. There is two incednt cook circles on this area. The cook top its self is 24″wide x24″ deep. and eventually be covered with roll-on formica. The formica will be a light color which so far has been hard to find.

The office area is on the chef’s right containing a computer, a printer and many files. Under the desk will the files in a rolling padded seat. When the desktop is closed it has a beautiful blond oak finish appropriate for an office.. When it is open it joins the kitchen with a formica finish. Now the cook/chef stands in a U-shaped area.

Directly behind the chef is the kitchen sink which also has a formica top. A turn on her/his heals puts her/him at eye level with the toaster oven. A window (yet to be installed) is directly across from the office in the passenger side sliding door. The plans call for a folding table top between the sink area and the righthand passenger’s seat. The allows for easy serving of those playing outdoors. The sink also has a sprayer which those who have been playing mud ball can use to clean with off before entering.

All of the kitchen area is to be painted in “Sunshine Yellow” enamel. The more light reflection the better.

More later (after I catch my breath) Grand Maverick

House cleaning

Most of the winter I stayed with a friend in AR. The van was paeked in her driveway and used for trips to town. When I left for the north country I just put things in paper bags and thru them in where ever I could find a space. What will become a bathroom is now a storage room.
So it was time to clean and straighten things up. I also made a work schedule for the summer.

First is to move the fridge out of the van into temp storage so we can build the lower pantry immediately next to the fridge.

Second is to create the drain hole for the fridge. This should be an interesting activity. My son and I may enlist some of his sons to assist us. They can make the moves under the van with greater ease. Finish installing the fridge. I am putting blocks at the bottom of items so that they will not move from their spaces then the wan is in motion.

Third is to place the microwave on its shelf over the cook area which is over the fridge. I plan on putting a slim stick at the bottom to keep the microwave from sliding off its shelf when the van is in motion.

Fourth is the major activity.. the installation of the water works. The tanks (clean, dirty & black) are already in their spaces. The kitchen sink is in its space. The water pipes need to be installed in their spaces. This includes a shower head. The bath room has no pipes or furniture in it; that is, what is in there is in storage mode not operative mode. This will be the major work item. It will include the bathroom sink, the toilet, hot water heater in the upper right hand corner of the room and pipes from here to there. I plan on mini shelves near the ceiling to hold lots of stuff. The bath measured 25″ x 39″ x 6’2″.

All of this will probably take all summer. I think that is what summers are for. I will keep you posted.
More later Grand Maverick

Sadi Ann D. Pincher

Sadi Ann is adjusting very well. You see, her life has not been an easy one. What we know of her begins the day about three years ago when she was tossed from a vehicle and came to my friend’s door.

My friend lives on a country road upon which many people toss animals they no longer want (or can’t keep when they move). More dogs than cats are tossed – except for kittens along with their mothers.

My friend has about eight dogs and eight cats. She has a fenced-in back yard with a doggie door. Perhaps I should say animal door because the cats use it as well. Her chickens have their own house so do not have to use the animal door.

I am sure that Sadi Ann is missing the play yard and her friends even though she would growl fiercely when they laid too close to her when all eight of them were on my friend’s lap. That was a sight to see. My friend enjoys it as well.

Sadi in enjoying traveling in the van. She has her pillow and blanket in the passenger’s seat. She lets me know when she needs a potty break. The beds are slightly less than cot size but she and I enjoy keeping each other warm at night.

Perhaps I should say I am adjusting to Sadi Ann, the Mini Doberman Pincher very well. She has not tried to bite anyone. She just growls a few times.

More Later, Grand Maverick

North Country i.e. known as Trip #3 divided into a & b

I am now in north country for the summer. I know, it is hardly spring let alone summer. However, here I am in Wisconsin. The March of the Flowers here is about 3 weeks behind the March in Arkansaw. So again I am seeing flowering bushes and dandelions. I purposely exited the “freeways”. I found I was spending a lot of my time watching the 18 wheelers. They were driving in a safe manner but there was so many of them it was hard to be aware of any thing else. So to the bi roads I went. I spent perhaps 2 hours extra time on this route having to slow to 25 mph about every 10 miles or so. The houses of yester year were wonderful. Some of the smaller towns ( pop. under 1,000) have put on new siding and roofing making their houses shine. The bright red tulips here are probably of a newer variety but never the less very bountiful.

The farmers were moving their equipment from one acreage to another. These vehicles (if you want to call them that) were extra wide and required my vehicle to move as far to the right as possible. I even stopped until they had passed which I am sure was appreciated by the driver.

I even discovered quite by accident a small church camp. Camp is the operative word as I had already been on the road about 11 hours. I parked my vehicle on a very small access road just outside of the camp. It was not long until the manager checked us out and gave the OK to stay where we were. So Sadie Ann (Doberman Pincher) and I went to bed and slept well. We were about 50 miles sw of Peoria, IL.

On the road again at about 7:30am and driving 6 hours put us in WI.

Sunshine at last

Sunshine is wonderful today. The flowers continue to come marching by. Bulbs, bushed and trees are all announcing their place in the yearly parade. It is marvelous to see.

Tomorrow (God willing) I will be on the road again. I plan to travel in AR, MO, (perhaps IO), IL and finally WI.

More later, Grand Maverick

April 17, 2015

I am again at my winter location. The return from Wolfe City, TX was uneventful. (Thank Goodness). My sister was able to understand who I am for a few seconds which is a good thing.

The March of the Flowers continues. The iris ( we used to call them Flags) are now in full bloom.with old time white and dark blue blooms. TX blue bonnets were plentiful along the highway. There was a flower new to me. It was tall and slender much like a glad. The parallel leaves resembled a holly bush The pink flower at the top of the stem was much like a thistle and far as i could tell going east on I-30 at 70 mph. The short orangeish flower that I should remember the name of. (perhaps Indian Paint Brush) filled the roadside..All the gawking at the flowers made the trip seem much shorter.

Today is the straighten up and clean out the van day. First will be wash out the mud that got brought in during the incident in the ditches. it should not take long.

More later. Grand Maverick

Upps #2

We are having another cloudy, raining day. It is almost like there is too much water in the air and it is just dripping some. Some cloudy days have large thunder with them. This one does not. At least not yet. I have not consulted the computer to find out what might (or might not) be in store for the day.

This weather is not good for travel on dirt roads in east Texas. The road I discovered was slicker than snot, Before it was all over I had made it into the ditches on both sides of the road. First, my nephew tried to pull the van backwards with his truck. That was fine. Things went well until suddenly my van went from the right ditch across the small road into the left ditch. It was pulled a foot or two until the culvert stopped it. Time to call the experts.

The tow company sent out a flat-bed. After examination and consultation with the office a 4 wheel drive truck was sent. It wenches the van forward out a bit. THe wench truck moved itself forward, hooked up again and pulled again. Out my van came. The young driver (not me) backed it up some. I had them turn my van around so I could exit the site on a good gravel road back to the good hiway. I should have turned off the good hiway to gravel road a mile or two farther on. I am making a note in my travel records the number of the correct exit road number. While it was an exciting experience, I do not want to repeat it. Besides my van now carries a dint on its left bumper – suvioner of the event.

More later, Grand Maverick